Chattahoochee is trying to make a run for its second Class AAAA state championship in a row with a lot of new faces.
The Cougars, which are 7-1, have only four returning starters from last year’s title team. Chattahoochee plays at South Forsyth (2-6) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The game will be broadcast live on WSB-TV’s digital channel 2.2 and at www.wsbtv.com.
“We’re not as experienced as last year,” Chattahoochee coach Terry Crowder said. “We’ve got some good players, and I think we can compete for another championship. It’s just a matter of how fast they can grow up. What they are showing me every day is that they are growing up.”
Chattahoochee got shocked in the season-opener with a 24-7 loss to Lambert but recovered to win seven in a row heading into Thursday’s game.
“That loss was more of a wake-up call for me than anybody else because I just stood around that game and expecting to win just because of who we were,” Crowder admitted. “I treated this year’s team like last year’s team, and it’s a completely different team. After that loss, it kind of motivated me. And of course, I’m going to motivate the kids. We’ve really gotten better every game since then.”
Chattahoochee is tied with Lambert and Johns Creek for first place in Region 7-AAAA. If all three teams win their next two games, Chattahochee could finish with the No. 3 seed due to tiebreakers for the state playoffs. “We’re fighting for a region championship,” Crowder said. “We need some help from other teams but we can’t worry about that. We’ve got to focus on our games and win those.”